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How To Find Pet-Friendly Apartments in Fishers

May 22, 2020

Apartment with dog

If you own a pet or are thinking about getting one soon, you are going to want to rent a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers.  Unfortunately, the term “pet-friendly” can be quite vague. However, the “pet-friendly” term doesn’t share the same meaning from community to community. Some pet-friendly apartment complexes might actually give you the option to have a pet, but only with limits on the breed or size. While other Fishers apartments have accommodations for your pet such as designated dog parks or free waste disposal bags.

With such a difference in pet-friendly apartments in Fishers, what criteria should you use to discover one that perfectly fits your needs?

Begin By Looking At The Complex’s Pet Policy

Family walking with their dog on neighborhood trail

A complex is only as friendly to pets as the apartment community’s pet policy. The pet policy outlines the rules and restrictions when renting with a pet. Some policies are open-ended and let you own any pet you want. Some have restrictions on dog breeds. Others might put limitations on how many pets you’re allowed, as well as how much they weigh. And then some policies forbid dogs altogether and only allow you to have housebound cats or small animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs.

Few apartments place limits on the types of cat breeds permitted. It’s more common to have a policy that places limits on just how many pets are authorized in a single apartment. There also may be increased costs connected to having a pet, such as more expensive monthly rent or costs for cleaning after move-out, or a non-returnable pet deposit you have to pay at move-in.

A pet policy with a lot of conditions doesn’t mean that the property isn’t friendly to pets—as long as you fit within the parameters. But if you have a pet like an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Great Dane, or are fostering a whole lot of kittens, you should carefully review the pet policy before getting invested in the complex.

Take A Look At The Available Pet Amenities During Your Tour

Picture of dog park in our Fishers apartment community

Just like you would investigate the pool on your tour, be sure to check the pet amenities. Designated dog parks help your doggie burn off excess energy and give you a place where they can socialize. Walking stations with disposal bags, trash cans, and communal water bowls help keep the community clean. Some communities even set up playdates or discounts on grooming for their four-legged residents!

Even though these amenities are perfect on paper, the actual test of their friendliness to pets is just how well they are cared for. If the area for dogs to play is covered with weeds and brambles, then it’s pretty much useless. Pet-friendly complexes make sure that dog poop bags are always available and that the trash cans don’t overflow. When you schedule your tour of the property in Fishers, be sure to note whether the accommodations for pets are maintained as well as the human accommodations.

Take A Look At A Number of Reviews To Discover Pet-Friendly Intangibles

If you can’t decide whether a complex is pet-friendly or not, be sure to check out reviews on the Fishers apartment. Many apartment residents see their dogs or cats as part of their family and have no problem relating their personal experiences of living in a particular community. You may discover that the maintenance staff carries dog treats to give out when entering your apartment for a service call. Or that the community’s office sets up a pet adoption day with the humane society. You most likely can chalk those up in the “friendly to pets” category.

Apartment reviews will also reveal the properties that will not give back deposits at move-out because of pet cleaning, or those who demand excessive monthly rent for pets. Just try not to let a single unflattering review affect your decision, but if you note a trend of irritated dog and cat owners, then you may want to look at another complex.

The Hamilton Luxury Apartment Homes Would Love To Make Our Property Your New Home In Fishers For Both You And Your Pet

When you’re researching a pet-friendly apartment in Fishers, make sure to check out The Hamilton Luxury Apartment Homes. We’d love to let you tour the apartment where you and your cat or dog can be comfortable. Contact us at 317-900-4375 or click on the schedule a tour button below.  We also have detailed virtual tours! If you are unable to make it to the property, take a look at the virtual apartment tours.